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HOCKEY: Nobody does it better, Mr Bond
9:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
JOSH Bond’s hat-trick put Devizes back on track with a comprehensive 5-0 win at Bath Buccs D.
The Wiltshire outfit raced out of the traps with an attacking display against a young and energetic Bath side.
In the opening moments of the game, Devizes won a penalty corner and Tom Alsop duly dispatched with a trademark drag-flick.
The home side then dug in and defended valiantly, stemming numerous Devizes attacks.
The second was added just before half-time when Ollie Smith raced to the baseline and pulled back for Bond to tap home.
The next goal was always going to prove crucial and Devizes made it 3-0 early in the second period.
Some great work from Alsop found Smith who fired the ball to Bond who coolly finished from close range.
Despite a few Bath attacks Devizes looked comfortable and managed to find the goal twice more. Roger Edwards pushed home amongst a crowd of players and Bond completed his hat-trick after pouncing on a goalkeeping error.
Marlborough were unable to build on their exhilarating cup victory against Bridgwater, losing 2-0 at home to fellow Conference North strugglers Yate.
Marlborough dominated the opening sequence, making several inroads down both the left and right flanks but were unable to find that killer pass to open up their opponents.
Yate soon started exerting pressure of their own and kept Marlborough penned in defensive positions for prolonged periods of time.
The pressure told midway through the first half as a quick breakaway move following an overcommital by Marlborough on the attack led to the first goal of the game in Yate’s favour.
The lead was soon doubled following a strange sequence of events which led to a soft goal from an obscene angle.
With half-time approaching, Marlborough tried their best to regain a foothold in the game but Yate held firm to end the half two up.
Knowing the next 35 minutes could have a major impact on their season Marlborough redoubled their efforts and dominated possession but were still lacking that incision to lead to any clear-cut chances.
The pressure led to numerous short corners and shots from the top of the D but the breakthrough did not come, leaving Marlborough second from bottom in the division.
Chippenham lost a thrilling Central Division clash, going down 6-5 to leaders Yeovil & Sherborne.
Wootton Bassett were 6-0 winners at City Of Bath B in East Central One.
- MARLBOROUGH appear to have found a new forward star in the shape of Clare Griffiths, after the player scored seven times on her career debut in the position.
She helped her team atone for dropping points in their previous outing by thrashing visiting Westberries 2nds 12-1.
The home side started the game brightly, moving the ball around the field at speed but lacked any real threat on goal in the first 10 minutes.
This was soon to change when the forwards started to stretch in behind the opposing defence and the combination of confident finishing and ruthless pressure meant Marlborough had scored six without reply by half-time.
The interval pep talk warned against complacency and demanded the same intensity in the second half and the team duly obliged, adding three more goals in the first five minutes, completely killing off the match as any sort of contest.
Marlborough continued to control possession and territory but conceded a soft goal due to a drop in concentration.
But the day belonged to Griffiths, with her magnificent seven bolstered by braces for Becki Marnane and Becky Hewlett, with Rosie Curling also on target.
Chippenham were 4-3 winners at Bretforton in Premier Division 2A, while Wootton Bassett won 2-0 at Cheltenham CS in the North Division.
Devizes crushed City of Bath’s second string 10-2 in Wessex Division One.
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